After learning that he was to be fired, a disgruntled 15-year employee named Gary Martin allegedly took a gun and began to shoot at co-workers within the Henry Pratt Co. warehouse outside of Chicago. Josh Pinkard died at a nearby hospital, a victim of a workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois. he was 37.
"I love you, I've been shot at work", Josh Pinkard said in the message to Terra Pinkard.
But Ziman said in a Tuesday posting on her department's Facebook page that, "I said his name one time for the media, and I will never let it cross my lips again".
"I called his phone several times, text, FaceTime, nothing", she said. She called Henry Pratt, where he had been plant manager since the spring of 2018, and a woman answered and said she was "barricaded in her room with police everywhere".
"The MSU family mourns the loss of our beloved alum, who also was a beloved husband and father", said Sid Salter, MSU chief communications officer.
"I told my children their dad did not make it and is in heaven with Jesus. I've never had somebody from another agency direct me as a law enforcement officer to go to somebody's house and collect their guns", said Kemp.
Authorities say an initial background check five years ago failed to flag an out-of-state felony conviction that would have prevented a man from buying the gun he used in the mass shooting in Aurora.
Zanis said he heard squad cars Friday afternoon because he lives near the police station and shortly after heard about the active shooter situation. The Chicago Tribune reports that the gunman's FOID card was revoked a short time after he bought the pistol, but it is unclear whether "Aurora police or another agency checked on whether Martin gave up his gun".
Martin's cousin Jesseca Clemons tells The (Aurora) Beacon-News her family "would like to send our deepest apologies to all the victims' families, friends and loved ones".
Jay Wehner said his nephew grew up about 50km south of Aurora in Sheridan and was expected to graduate from Northern Illinois University in May with a degree in human resource management. "I am lost and devastated beyond words".
The other victims were identified as 47-year-old Russell Beyer, 54-year-old Vicente Juarez, 32-year-old Clayton Parks, and 21-year-old Trevor Wehner, a college student who at the facility working his first day as an intern for the company.
One of victim Vicente Juarez's daughter Diana Juarez cries at a makeshift memoria in Aurora, Ill., on February 17, 2019. I will praise the Lord for the children we have together.
Martin had purchased the murder weapon, a.40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight, in March 2014 from a local gun dealer, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters on Saturday.